The Villa Casa Casuarina
What We Love
- Location directly across from the beach
- The villa’s incredible on-site restaurant, which serves Old World dishes infused with innovative ingredients
- Rich history: The property is the former Versace mansion
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What To Know
- Reservations are required for afternoon tea (served from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays in the Mosaic Garden)
- Looking to take a break from the beach scene? Try the property’s Thousand Mosaic Pool, where Versace’s 24K gold tiles still gleam
- Top Miami Beach restaurants and nightclubs are just a five-minute cab ride away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Villa Miami Beach delivers a delicate mix of flamboyance and sophistication worthy of the mansion that once belonged to Gianni Versace. Past the iron gates (and the many celebrity seekers) that surround the 1930s villa — which is directly across from the beach — the property opens up like a scene from One Thousand and One Nights.
Bed and Bath
The layout is reminiscent of a Moroccan riad: 10 suites set around an interior courtyard with a fountain, with carved wood doors and intricate tiling. The Villa Suite is Versace’s former boudoir and, unsurprisingly, the most lavish — two balconies, gold shower fixtures and a truly enormous bed (nine by 12 feet) — but the other nine suites are close contenders. Each has Frette linens, Versace fabrics, a Sono sound system and a sleek bathroom clad in Italian marble.
You’d be remiss not to reserve a table at the villa’s 30-seat restaurant, where river pebble mosaics adorn the walls, candles in colored vases cast a glow over the tabletops, and Versace china announces that eating here is as much an aesthetic experience as a gustatory one. The menu from chef Jeff O’Neill (of Miami’s exclusive Gibraltar) features Old World dishes infused with innovative ingredients, such as the clementine carrot velouté with mascarpone and the maple-glazed barramundi in white ginger broth.
In the Area
This is the famed Art Deco District; don’t leave without taking a walking or bicycle tour, self-guided or otherwise, in order to see all the incredibly restored historic properties. While Ocean Drive itself can be touristy, and mediocre foodwise — with the exception of Prime 112, De Rodriguez Cuba and BLT Steak — it also offers some wicked fun, especially at the neighboring Palace South Beach, which is renowned for its colorful drag queen shows. Parallel avenues Collins and Washington feature world class dining and nightclub options, ranging from the Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel to Mansion Nightclub. Perpendicular to the beach, the Lincoln Road walking mall is great for people watching and café hopping.
How to Get There
What can be better than staying on Ocean Drive at the Versace Mansion! The hotel is iconic, the swimming pool is fabulous and the courtyard and surroundings are serene and beautiful. We stayed 2 nights in Gianni's lover's room across from the great man's room and it was amazing. Some of the staff can be a little snooty and it is a little strange with the restaurant taking centre stage and limiting your time around the pool. However, any small downsides are overtaken by the fact you are staying in this iconic super pad and we had breakfast and lunch in the restaurant on both days any way which were excellent! What a great story to tell when you return from your hols and you feel like a celebrity on a night time entering the place.
The Villa exceeded our expectations. Upon a late arrival, we were greeted by a warm gem of a hostess who promptly checked us in. We fell in love with Francisco, who was kind enough to explain the property (and even let us peek into Gianni,s suite, as well as Donatella’s) We stayed in the Aurora room and loved every second of the beauty and luxury of the bed, furniture and bathroom. We loved walking the property taking in all of the historic flavor. There are no words to explain how magnificent the pool is. We were fortunate to have it all to ourselves for a midnight swim. It’s spectacular by night and pure luxury and beauty by day. The restaurant, Gianni.s is top notch. Natalie was super over breakfast and was also so knowledgeable about the property and surrounding area. The staff is extraordinary... truly. Our stay here was a fabulous experience. Highly recommend. (If your budget is frugal, do what we did. Stay one night at The Villa then move next door to Hotel Victor. Same owners and easy transition next door with bags etc.)
We had a wonderful stay here. Everyone was so nice and extremely helpful. FRANCISCO even took us on a tour of the rooms not occupied including Gianni’s and Donatella’s rooms and Elton John’s favorite room. Alana at the front desk was so helpful. The pool was great as well. Make sure you take a dip. Wonderful experience. Thank you.
It was mine first time in Miami & after an issue with a hotel we had booked into they advised us we were now staying at the Versace Mansion.
On arrival we were greeted by a really nice girl who was smiley and chatty, she explained that our room was the Versace suite (Gianni Versace’s bedroom!)
As you can appreciate massive thanks to the team for arranging this at short notice.
The room was lovely and absolutely huge! Our only disappointment was we couldn’t stay longer however in the short time we had, we found it to be a lovely experience and wish to thank the team for creating this.
My daughter and I had lunch here and sat on the veranda overlooking the beautiful pool area. They have a set price lunch special with several options to choose from. Our lunch was delicious and the atmosphere was everything and more than we expected. We loved it all!